Community Action Grants

Community Action Grants

Building Healthier Communities (2006)

ULI Orange County/Inland Empire acknowledges the insight of Michael Ruane, then-executive director, Orange County Children and Families Commission, and Richard Gollis, principal, The Concord Group.  They suggested this topic for a grant study project and Anna Brendle, formerly with Orange County Children and Families Commission, served as the lead member-volunteer in organizing the workshops. Paul Zykofsky, Local Government Commission, was the facilitator and teacher at the workshops. ULI Orange County/Inland Empire also thanks Lan Nguyen, who at the time we submitted the grant application was a student in the UC Irvine Masters in Urban and Regional Planning program. Nguyen worked with Phyllis Alzamora, executive director, ULI Orange County/Inland Empire, on drafting the grant proposal and committed nearly eight months to working on this project as part of a grant-writing course. The grant was not selected by the ULI Foundation in the first round (in May 2006), so Nguyen and Alzamora reworked the budget and timeline and resubmitted the grant application for a second approval. A grant for $21,000 was awarded in October 2006. It was the first ULI Community Action Grant ever awarded to ULI Orange County/Inland Empire.

This initiative, entitled “Building Healthier Communities: The Nexus Between Health and Land Development Patterns,” focuses on challenging, influencing and suggesting public policy, best practices and alternatives to build healthier communities. This project is unique in that it engaged real estate professionals along with health care providers, early childhood educators, and community representatives.